ALD Accepting Applications for 2018 Research Grants

Dentistry Today


The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) is now accepting applications for its Dr. Eugene M. Seidner Research Grants Program, named for the laser dentistry pioneer who also served as ALD president in 1996 and 1997. Recipients will be honored during the ALD’s 25th Anniversary Conference & Exhibition, April 26-28 at the Caribe Royale Orlando in Florida. 

“We established the scholarship in Dr. Seidner’s honor in 2004. In 2012, we reached our $100,000 fundraising goal, and now in 2018, ALD is excited to introduce research grants to the Seidner opportunities,” said Gail Siminovsky, CAE, ALD executive director. “The grant is intended to strengthen the Academy of Laser Dentistry’s mission of fostering a positive impact on dental laser education and research.” 

The grant was founded to promote the advance of dental laser technology education and clinical research. Up to three grant awards totaling up to $20,000 may be awarded annually to individuals to promote basic and applied clinical research for the use of lasers in dentistry. Awards will be made to the sponsoring academic institutions on behalf of the winners.

To be considered, the project must broadly assess the role of lasers in dentistry, irrespective of whether the technology is used for surgical, diagnostic, antimicrobial, photo biomodulation, photodynamic therapy, imaging, or biomaterials applications. Research proposals on competing designs or devices are not encouraged.

At least one of the primary applicants must be an ALD member with three years of membership prior to the application. Institutions must have the environment and general resources suitable for conducting research as stated in the application. Also, applications must include a letter of support from the dean or director of the institution. The investigator is directly responsible to the sponsoring institution for the proper conduct of the project and management of the funds.  

Details and applications may be downloaded from the ALD. Completed applications must be received by March 1, 2018. Voluntary donations from ALD members and other dental professionals have funded the program. To date, 26 dental students from around the world have attended the ALD annual session to present their work and benefit from ALD membership, conference attendance, and standard proficiency dental laser education and certification.

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